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Olympic TV Channel To Launch In April '16, Months Before Rio De Janeiro Games

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 24 / 15

The IOC "plans to launch its digital Olympic TV channel in April 2016, just a few months before the Games in Rio de Janeiro," according to the AP. Olympic Broadcasting Services CEO Yiannis Exarchos said that the channel "is hiring a staff of almost 100 people based in Madrid to produce programmes an...

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